Incredible moment 13ft half-ton CANNIBAL crocodile EATS a youngster in South AfricaDecember 21, 2020
INCREDIBLE pictures show the moment a huge crocodile carries off a younger male before eating him.
In one of the images taken in South Africa, the ravenous 13ft long, half-ton adult male digs its four-inch-long teeth into the younger croc's body.
In another, the younger Nile crocodile cried out in desperation as it was lifted into the air, ready to be carried away and fed upon.
Photographer Jan Butter, 69, from Amsterdam, captured moment from about 100 feet away in South Africa's Kruger National Park.
“It was the first time I’d ever seen anything like this with a crocodile,” Jan said.
“We were ten days into our trip to Kruger. We had been sitting near the water for about thirty minutes waiting for the crocodiles to show up.
“All of a sudden, we saw one crocodile grab another one in between its jaws. Over the space of about a minute, it tightened its hold and dragged it into the water to eat.
“With its dinner in tow, the crocodile swam away.”
Generally, it’s uncommon for crocodiles to turn on their own kind.
But adults have been known to occasionally attack younger specimens if they believe they are guaranteed to overpower them.
The victims of these attacks are usually young males as female crocodiles are valued for their reproductive systems.
Back in 2015, an Australian woman described the moment she saw crocodile cannibalism.
“The bigger crocodile was sitting in the water, and the littler one was sitting on the edge of the bank," Sandy Bell told the BBC.
"Suddenly the bigger one grabbed the smaller one and flung it up into the air.
"It starting flinging the smaller one around, splashing it into the water. Then it started eating the tail, and then the legs. Just… chomp chomp chomp."
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